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W is for Wildlife

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Learning how to photograph different things while I travel is part of the challenge and is becoming a passion. When I took a cruise around the tip of South America, not only sis I see cities and expansive landscapes, but I become challenged by taking photographs of wildlife. Here are some of my favorite photos of wildlife.

First group: sea lions in Argentina.

This group a seals found a floating dock to use as a place to catch some rays — and to play in the surf.

Birds have been more difficult for me.  Here are some of my first attempts at taking photos of birds. These were taking new Cape Horn.

Off the coast of Ushuaia, Argentina, there are groups of islands that are homes to various seals, sea lions, and water birds.

And of course, there are penguins!

So, I started looking for other opportunities. In the Canadian Maritimes, I was able to get a fox on a beach at sunset, I got “photo-bombed” by a seal near Cheticamp, and watched an eagle fish on Bras d’Or.

 

And finally, from near where I live, is Niagara Falls. If you look closely, you can see at least twobirds in this picture.IMG_6413_edited-1

Ushuaia — Journey to the of the world!

I did not know what I would expect when I sailed to Ushuaia, Argentina. Officially, this is the southern-most city in the world.

Ushuaia signThis became one of my favorite places I visited during my last trip.  Here are some highlights of what I saw here.

Getting on a catamaran, I was able to see lots of birds, sea lions, and a sea elephant, a lighthouse, and beautiful scenery. You can easily arrange a catamaran tour at the port of Ushuaia.  There are several companies that arrange these.  The trips tend to take you out into the Beagle Channel to go by several islands that are homes to sea birds and sea lions.

Islands of Birds
Islands of Birds
Sea Lions
Sea Lions
Sea Elephant
Sea Elephant
Sea Wolf Island
Sea Wolf Island

This island was called Sea Wolf Island.  Not really sure why — but it had the largest colony of sea lions in this area of the Beagle Channel.  It was also home to several large colonies of different species of sea birds.  I got several pictures of interactions between the sea lions and the birds.  This one is one of my favorite pictures although I also have one the looks like a bird and a sea lion are actually kissing!

Sea birds taking off
Sea birds taking off
Lighthouse at the end of the world
Lighthouse at the end of the world

Finally, we sailed past the “Lighthouse at the end of the World.”  There are actually 3 that have this title in the area between Cape Horn and Ushuaia.  This particular one is the largest of the three.

Ushuaia is amazing!  More photos and stories to come as I write about sailing to Tierra del Fuego National Park and the Fin del Mundo Post Office.